The Molson Group Sidecar championship table heads for Scotland with a very different look after the Cadwell Sidecar Revival.
That meeting just days ago re-ignited title hopes for John Holden and Lee Cain (Barnes Racing/Silicone Engineering Kawasaki). They raced to a trio of second places ahead of their team-mates Lewis Blackstock and Paddy Rosney who now sit third in the standings.
Star turn at Cadwell, and new leaders with a fifty-one point buffer is the Santander Salt Honda of Todd Ellis and Charlie Richardson. An impressive hat-trick of victories saw them overhaul reigning Champions Steve Kershaw and Stuart Clark, who had a miserable weekend in Lincolnshire with a crash and mechanical problems. They came away with just thirteen points, and will now be absolutely determined to make good on home ground North of the border.
Other big winners ahead of this round include Gary Bryan/Phil Hyde (CVR/GBM Honda) and Rob Biggs/Jerome Schmitz (Taurus Tools Honda).
Three podiums in Scotland last year for Bryan/Hyde will see them very much in contention again, as indeed will be Biggs and Schmitz. The latter crew were very fast in 2018, earning three 600cc Cup podiums, and a strong overall finish.
This has been a strange season for some, with early drama causing set-backs to big names. Most notable of these crews is the JG Speedfit/Quattro Plant Kawasaki of former double champions Ricky Stevens and Ryan Charlwood, who have yet to register their first point. But for bad luck, there would be no luck at all for the unfortunate pair. The much documented big crash at Brands Hatch has given them an uphill task to get on terms with the leaders, even with double points at stake in the finale at Brands.
The brave Stevens attempted to ride at Cadwell with stand-in passenger Phil Knapton, but his vision was not up to scratch and common sense prevailed.
Another big name playing catch-up is Chris Walker. The former BSB star, and darling of the fans has been frustrated on his return to three wheels after a year out with injury.
A slow start to the season with the Santander Salt TAG Racing Yamaha has made him hungry. Mechanical issues, plus an inability to completely gell with his new passenger, have proved difficult thus far, and might well project a different look Walker to Scotland.
He is another who desperately needs big points on the board, and is more than capable. Twice on the podium at Knockhill in 2017 with then passenger Ashley Hawes showed what he can do.
There is another big entry heading north, with too many names to mention individually, all capable of springing a surprise on the tight Knockhill track.
With three races on the programme, and LIVE Eurosport TV coverage, this will be yet one more epic sidecar battle in front of the Scottish fans.
Our usual highlights video will be also available here on the RKB-F1website shortly after the event.
Media Matters Barry Nutley